Tuesday, June 30, 2009
So, tonight I started with the piles and piles of stuff I had in my kitchen, living room and dining room. I had five places that I needed to tackle where things were just getting out of control...the kitchen counter, the top of the microwave, the top of the fridge, the dining room table and the top of the entertainment center. I found...newspapers, coupon, art work, scribble pages, pictures, mail, junk mail, money, earrings, books, catalogs...it was a mess, kind of. See my wonderful aunt takes all of my junk and puts it in these lovely piles, so it doesn't look so bad...but when you look closer and dive into the piles, that's when you see the danger!
I threw away two brown paper bags full of stuff. I gave Jamison her items to take to her room, put all of Rondell's stuff in a bag and put it on his side of our room, put books away, cut coupons and put them in my haven't-seen-you-in-a-while menu planning notebook, so on and so forth.
So, now it's nice and clean and things are put away. It's tackled. Onto...Jamison's closet (the stuff I didn't get to while working on her art center)...duhn, duhn, duhn!
What are you tackling? Head on over to 5 Minutes for Mom to see what others are doing.
Monday, June 29, 2009
Do you ever want to tell any bloggers that come by your blog that you're just not that into them? I don't, but I feel sometimes like people want to say that to me. There are a few blogs that I read because I like them and I comment a lot but they NEVER comment back. And I don't mean the blogs that have like 1000 followers, that I understand. Do I stop reading them...would you? Is that their way of saying "I'm just not that into you" and I should get the hint?
I know, I'm such a girl!
In the morning Caleb and I are going to the Dublin parade and Jamison and Rondell and going to Home Depot to work on their monthly project. That evening we are going to our church's 4th of July event, Food Fun and Fireworks. This is our church's biggest outreach event and it is a ton of fun. They have inflatable slides and bounce houses, rides for kids, animals and food. Then you can sit and see the Gahanna fireworks from the church's parking lot. We've only been once before but we may have to add this as our thing to do on the 4th.
What is your favorite dish to pass when attending a 4th of July party or summer barbecue?
If I was going to a cookout I'd probably take my strawberry/pretzel dessert because it's red...and yummy (and I'm seeing now that I've never posted this recipe so I'll have to do that Thursday for Joanna's food carnival).
Do you have any July 4th traditions?
We don't...but I'd like to establish some. I love traditions and having something to look forward to for holidays.
Share your favorite July 4th picture.
Sorry, no pictures. I don't believe I have any from July 4th. I will have plenty this year, I'm sure and in the years to come, so stay tuned.
Be sure to stop by Shawn's and tell us all about your plans.
Outside my window...blue skies and sunshine. It's supposed to rain some this week and beautiful the other days.
I am thinking...about things I need to do this week.
I am thankful for...a great Small Group social last night. Our Small Group has been through some changes this year, some tough. There were times that I felt disconnected from the group and wondered if it would ever be the same. But last night we had our first summer social and it was like old times. We had great food and conversation and the kids all played very well together. I'm bummed that I forgot my camera and have no pictures.
From the kitchen...no plans. I made pasta salad last night for our social, but I didn't think any further than that. I will say that I now have Ragu in the cabinets (remember this) because my cool friend Jodie bought me four jars...how thoughtful.
I am reading...Following God With All Your Heart by Elizabeth George. It is very good so far. I have to make myself put the book down!
I am hoping...for nice weather on the 4th. Our church has a Food, Fun and Fireworks event every year and I hope the weather is not too hot and no rain so we can all have a great time. If you're in the Gahanna, Ohio area, feel free to stop by...it's free.
I am praying...for obedience is some areas...the prayers are really working, so I'm going to keep going.
Around the house...is a mess. We were busy all weekend so I didn't get much done.
One of my favorite things...having Rondell home on Sundays.
A few plans for the week...CLEAN! I am planning on working on projects around the house that don't cost anything, cleaning closets, deep cleaning the kitchen, etc. Wednesday the kids and I are going to my friend Lyndsey's brother's fire station with Lyndsey and our friend Amber. I can't wait to see Caleb on the fire truck! We are off on Friday so I'm hoping we can get to the pool. Saturday Caleb and I are going to a parade and Jamison and Rondell will be at Home Depot for their monthly project...and then the big fireworks.
Friday, June 26, 2009
- I am thankful for relaxing Friday evenings. For as long as I can remember, Friday evenings have been the time to relax and refresh from the week. My mom and I used to always get pizza and chill out. Every once in a while we will do something on a Friday night, but for the most part we are at home relaxing and having some quality family time. I am looking forward to that this evening!
Thursday, June 25, 2009
I did it, I did it...I finished Caleb's life verse. It was so easy to put together too! Here's what I did:
I'm going to do like Jenn and pass this onto some bloggers that I've recently discovered:
The other thing is that I have come to realize is that I'm putting way to much in my head and trying to juggle too much at one time. You know why Caleb's verse isn't done...because I'm thinking about how to label Jamison's bins...you know why Jamison's bins aren't labeled...because I'm thinking of the finishing touches I want to do in our bathroom...you know why the bathroom isn't done...because I'm trying to find the stuff I need to finish the kids' bathroom...and so on!
I'm going to make myself crazy! No wonder I'm always flustered lately. So, tonight I'm focusing only on the life verse and THEN I will move to the next item on my list.
Any of you out there have some tips for me? Come on friends, help a girlfriend out!
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Cheaper is not always better!
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
1. 5 Guys, Burgers & Fries
2. Slept in
3. Cleaned carpet
4. The pool
5. 7 year anniversary
6. Painted bathroom asparagus
7. Took naps
8. Rondell's 33rd birthday
9. One rainy day
10. Went in a thunderstorm for Krispy Kreme donuts (so worth it)
11. The pool
12. Daddy/daughter date to see Up...He loved it, she hated it
13. Got caught up on some taped shows
14. Gave Ron a mix CD for our anniversary (oh yeah, I went ol' school)
15. Yard work
16. Cook out at MIL's house
17. The pool
18. Got a tan
19. Had lots of quality time
Monday, June 22, 2009
Outside my window...blue skies and the sun is starting to set. It's a beautiful evening!
I am thinking...about friendships. They should be easy, right?
I am thankful for...my vacation. It gave me time to get things done, think about some things, spend quality time with my family and a nap or two.
From the kitchen...tonight we had steak on the grill, and this week we'll have baked ziti...haven't planned much more than that.
I am reading...Killer View by Ridley Pearson. I have to put together a summer reading list.
I am hoping...for a fun summer for my kids.
I am creating...the life verse...I know, I know. I have everything I need but my printer did not cooperate with the card stock so I have to go to Plan B. It should be done tomorrow.
I am praying...still for obedience in some areas of my life.
Around the house...I have a list to make tonight of things that need to be done. It's neverending I think. I need to get a few things to finish the bathroom, like a new rug. I also have to get a new rug for the kids' bathroom and wash their new shower curtain.
One of my favorite things...is paisley. It's new favorite of mine but I'm realizing that I really like it. I saw a lady today with a swimsuit with a paisley top and it was adorable.
A few plans for the week...nothing set in stone...just little things here and there. Saturday my friends Lyndsey is having a birthday party for her oldest, Quinn.
I hope you all are having a great Monday!
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Here's my Daddy...and yes, I still call him that. He's a pretty cool guy and even though my parents are divorced, he has always been right there. He played a huge role in my healing from Postpartum Depression, going so far as taking us in for a week as we figured it all out.
Papa D loves his kisses!
Daddy calls his grandchildren daily! They love to talk to him on the phone.
This is the time that he drove all the way from Cleveland to buy a cup of lemonade from Jamison's lemonade stand. Seriously, he drove down, bought some lemonade, stayed for a bit and then drove home. How cool is that!
Love you Daddy!
Saturday, June 20, 2009
A -Age: 32
B -Bed size: queen
C -Chore you hate: Dusting
D -Donuts or Kolaches: Donuts, I have no idea what a Kolache is...now I have to Google it.
E -Essential start your day item: A shower
F -Favorite color: Yellow
G -Gold or Silver: silver
H -Height: 5'8"
I -Instruments you play: None...I did play the violin in middle school.
J -Jokes or Rhymes: jokes
K -Kids: 2, Jamison and Caleb
L -Living arrangements: With my family in a house.
M -Movie: You've Got Mail...it's my favorite!
N -Nicknames: Kelli Girl
O-Overnight hospital stays: after having each baby.
P -Pet Peeve: When people call my job to ask for a phone number and then have to go and get a pen and paper. BE PREPARED PEOPLE!!!!
Q -Quote you like: All they can say is no...from my mom.
R -Right or left handed: Left
S -Siblings: 1brother, 1 sister
T -Time you wake up: 5:30ish weekdays
U -Underwear: Comfortable, yet colorful
V -Vegetable you dislike: Peas!
W -Ways you run late: It's usually because I haven't prepared like I should have. I hate being late.
X -X-rays you've had: Teeth.
Y -Yummy food you make: Lasagna, chicken club wrap, cheese Danish, buffalo chicken dip (these are what people have asked me to make)
Z -Zodiac sign: Scorpio
Friday, June 19, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
5. I worry way too much about what other people think of me.
Monday, June 15, 2009
Thinking about our wedding day and how God blessed me with beautiful, cool weather. About how I married my best friend. About hearing how Rondell cried as I walked down the aisle (that makes my heart blush!). About the beginning of the rest of our lives...together. Seven years ago!
I am thankful for...a great weekend. On Saturday we went with my mom to her friend's house. She lives in the country and has a lot of land. She made us lunch and the kids played. Miss Jill even gave us some plants from her yard to take home.
Here is Jamison feeding the fish in her pond.
The meal...We had shrimp, lobster tail, baked potato, salad, and Rondell had crab cakes. Delicious!!!!!!!
I am reading...I haven't started, but I got my Ridely Pearson book from the library. I will probably start it tomorrow. There are quite a few books I want to read so I need to make a list.
I am hoping...for a wonderful vacation that includes some pool time!
I am creating...a gift for my friend Jodie and Caleb's verse. I swear I'm getting to that this week, especially while I have the time. Last week turned out to be busier than planned.
I am praying...for obedience in some areas.
Around the house...we are getting some projects done. We're finally painting our master bath on Thursday and Rondell is supposed to clean out the garage.
One of my favorite things...Vacation!!!!
A few plans for the rest of the week...mentioned above. Rondell and I are also going to lunch for our anniversary, I plan on doing more in the yard and taking a nap or two.